Sunday, December 10, 2006


Some of the News
That may be True


Sacha Baron Cohen, in his guise as Borat the intrepid reporter from Kazakhstan, has been touring Iraq for almost two weeks. Crowds have gathered around as he has interviewed local officials, clerics, and ordinary citizens. News coverage has been brisk and generally favorable. Reportedly Borat has been quite pleased with the reception received and with the sales of his Mecca compass, which always points in the direction of Mecca.

Some of the most enthusiastic responses come when Borat refers to President Bush as the "Supreme Warlord Premier Bush" and when he sings "Throw the Jews Down the Well" Audiences were not as pleased when he asked how the interviewees liked working closely with Americans or when he mangled references to "Shiats" and "Sundies" and could not keep the "sextarian" identities straight.

Audiences were aghast when Borat asked directions to the local prostitution district or tried to peek under burkas. The crowds turned openly hostile when he referred to the gay ayatolla and asked whether gay imams could legally get married.

Members of the Borat production crew hurriedly flew out of Iraq at the end of last week. Unfortunately, Borat had disappeared. It is assumed that he is gathering material for his forthcoming tours of Iran and Syria.

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